An Increase in Manufacturing Efficiency Reduces Production Lead Time

Year after year our manufacturing production has been challenged with the demand to keep up with the increase in sales. Last year was particularly “challenging” with no true slow-down in the demand for custom walk-in coolers and freezers.

U.S. Cooler has a continuous goal of improving efficiency and reducing waste; making us as lean as we can possibly be. Several positive impacts in the past year have taken place in our facilities to make U.S. Cooler even more efficient. Our manufacturing facility has recently added over 16% more production capability. By automating more processes, adding new equipment and adding managers to focus on efficiency, U.S. Cooler has been able to decrease our production lead time on custom orders to approximately three to four weeks. Naturally, our lead time can fluctuate depending on the market but we are hopeful that U.S. Cooler will be able to sustain this lead time on custom orders.

Wadlinger Named Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager

Quincy, IL, January 15, 2018 – Justin Wadlinger was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Mid-Atlantic Territory, including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia. Wadlinger is from Mount Wolf, PA and brings with him ten years of experience in the building industry. This experience, along with his enthusiasm and professionalism, will lend itself well toward serving U.S. Cooler’s customer base.

U.S. Cooler is happy to bring him on board and is assured Justin will be a valued addition to this territory and our organization’s aim to enhance dealer support.

For additional information on Wadlinger Named Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, contact Kaitie Herbranson or visit www.uscooler.com.

 

U.S. Cooler to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

U.S. Cooler is assisting hurricane victims by supporting Samaritan’s Purse disaster relief efforts.  Our hearts go out to everyone who has been affected by the hurricanes. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families as they work to rebuild their lives and communities. From orders received in October, Craig Industries will be supporting Samaritan’s Purse hurricane relief efforts.  To learn more about Samaritan’s Purse or if you would like to donate directly, please visit the Samaritan’s Purse website.

Bliefnick Named Greater Phoenix Regional Sales Manager

Tommy Bliefnick was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Greater Phoenix Territory, including Tucson and the surrounding communities. Bliefnick has numerous years of sales experience and has been living in the Phoenix area for over 6 years.  Bliefnick’s sales experience will lend itself well toward serving U.S. Cooler’s customer base there. U.S. Cooler is confident that Bliefnick will be a valued asset to this territory and that his presence will enhance local dealer support.

For additional information on Bliefnick Named Regional Sales Manager, contact Claire DeVoss or visit www.uscooler.com.

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U.S. Cooler manufactures walk-in coolers and freezers supported with a complete line of engineered refrigeration systems, glass doors, parts and accessories.

Rueb Named Midwest Regional Sales Manager

Quincy, IL, March 1, 2017 – Clinton Rueb was named Regional Sales Manager for U.S. Cooler’s Midwestern Territory including most of Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. Rueb has over 15 years of experience with Craig Industries’. Rueb’s unique blend of refrigeration, manufacturing and sales experience will lend itself well toward serving their customer base. U.S. Cooler is confident that Rueb will be a valued asset to this territory and their aim to enhance dealer support.

For additional information on Rueb Named Regional Sales Manager, contact Claire DeVoss or visit www.uscooler.com.

ABOUT:

U.S. Cooler manufactures walk-in coolers and freezers supported with a complete line of engineered refrigeration systems, glass doors, parts and accessories.

Thank you for Visiting U.S. Cooler at NAFEM!

We are back from NAFEM and had another great show! U.S.
Cooler released their new Vert-Ergo vertical handle at the show in Orlando. The handle was displayed in the “What’s Hot, What’s Cool” booth and gained positive feedback.  U.S. Cooler’s new vertical handle design is the first vertical handle in the industry! The ergonomic behavior-friendly design provides increased leverage for a more natural and comfortable opening method. The heavy-duty commercial design and sleek finish make for an appealing look.

Starting in April 2017, all U.S. Cooler walk-in coolers and freezers will showcase the new Vert-Ergo handle (unless specified otherwise). By taking the user into account, the Vert-Ergo handle creates an easier, more comfortable pull method for opening walk-in doors.

 

 

Craig Industries is Growing

Craig Industries has expanded! Craig Industries, parent company to U.S. Cooler, Enviro Buildings, WineKeep, Brew Cave, Eden Grow Rooms and WalkinCoolerParts.com, has added an additional warehouse facility to their campus. The new manufacturing facility adds over 30,000 square feet of manufacturing and storage capabilities. Delaware Street, the street in front of the office building, has been closed and made into a paved parking lot for employees.   The Craig Industries Campus, located in Quincy, IL, now includes three manufacturing/storage facilities and one corporate office building.

The new building will house the refrigeration department as well as raw material storage. Three new shipping and receiving docks have been added in the new building making shipping more efficient.  The additional space has allowed a new dedicated parts department for the rapidly growing parts business. WalkinCoolerParts.com now has its own department and space to stock more parts and models. The additional building provides the company with the needed space for future growth.

 

Craig Industries Corporate Office Building
New Manufacturing Facility

 

About: Craig Industries is a Quincy, IL based manufacturing company fabricating high quality insulated building panels for use in a wide variety of industries. For over 30 years, Craig Industries has been a member in the Quincy community offering employment growth and job stability.

Wishing You a Merry Christmas!

May this Christmas bring you comfort, joy, peace, and happiness to last throughout the coming year.

From all of us at U.S. Cooler, we wish you a wonderful Christmas season and a Happy New Year!

U.S. Cooler will be closed on Dec 26, 2016 and Jan 2, 2017  to observe the Christmas and New Year Holidays. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. We look forward to working with you in the new year!